Well I don’t know about you but for me 2016 went by in a flash. I hope you’re settling in nicely into the new year and if you’ve set yourself any challenges and goals then good luck with them. I don’t really do those anymore because I think January is long and hard enough, but it does have it’s good points – you can save money, spend quality time with loved ones and recharge and replenish after the Christmas shenanigans.
It’s been so cold here that we’ve been battening down the hatches and making the most of the time spent coughing and sneezing ( yes, really – for two whole weeks! ) to enjoy some of the simple things that life in the countryside affords. Beautifully crisp days, so cold but bright and a roaring log fire and warming candlelit dinners after dark. I think it’s a great time of year to be thankful for everything you have and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
I like a little home refresh in this time too, nothing too expensive but I treated us to this fab masticating juicer that will hope we will still like by February! I also upgraded our living room lights for some warm wooden lamp bases like these ones here from Maisons du Monde UK.
The other beautifully simple thing I have to share is this gorgeous extra wide French oilcloth from Norfolk Textiles. Our kitchen table is 150cm by 150cm so tricky to find a suitably practical oilcloth for day to day breakfasts and lunch given most fabrics are 140cm wide.
I decided to go for something a little different this time and chose their Lisbonne pattern which rather sweetly combines all things Scandi and French in one. So far, with temperatures shooting down as low as -8 here overnight, it’s been a very welcome addition to our cosy winter suppers.
On a final note, we lost our faithful old dog Audrey who I talked about a lot on the blog in November and the whole family went into mourning for a few months. We missed her ( massive ) presence so much – a wet nose at the window, muddy footprints on the floor, the easy feeling that someone was taking care of us from downstairs while we snored peacefully in bed – the hole left behind in our home was enormous. It was hard explaining to Woody that I couldn’t drive up to heaven and get her back and he still doesn’t really understand where she’s gone.
But, after we vowed to never own another pet again because the loss was just too painful, we ended up adopting a beautiful little sausage dog cross puppy we’ve called Wilbur. He’s adorable, cheeky and sweet plus incredibly time consuming all in one but he’s been very healing. More about him soon.
Take care, if you’re on dry Jan ( me, no never! ) then good luck there’s just a few more sleeps to go! x